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    First AoC issued for well intervention vessel

    News // November 9, 2006

    The Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) in Norway has granted an Acknowledgement of Compliance (AoC) for Island Offshore's well intervention vessel Island Frontier.

    This is the first AoC issued as a consequence of the expansion of the system to include a number of types of mobile facilities.

    The AoC is a statement issued by the PSA to confirm that a mobile facility's technical condition, the applicant's organisation and management system have been examined and found to be in accordance with relevant requirements in Norwegian shelf legislation.

    Since January 2004, an AoC has been one of the requirements for a mobile drilling facility to carry out drilling activity on the Norwegian shelf.

    With effect from January 2007, an AoC becomes mandatory for a number of other types of mobile facilities registered in a national ship's register.

    The AoC for Island Frontier was presented by PSA director Magne Ognedal in a ceremony held on October 31st.

    "This is also an important milestone for the PSA. Both we as the authority and the industry have good experience with the AoC system for mobile facilities. We believe that an expanded AoC system will also have the same positive effect on other types of mobile facilities that carry out petroleum activities on the Norwegian shelf," Mr Ognedal emphasised, and added that the PSA is excited about gaining new players on the Norwegian shelf.

    "Carrying out petroleum activities is not the same as traditional shipping activities. There are different requirements, both as regards regulations and management systems. This company has shown the ability to adapt to an activity which is new for them."

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